Unauthorised use of fire hydrants could impact water supply for Kildare customers
24 May 2023
Uisce Éireann is working with Kildare County Council to continue to deliver safe, clean drinking water for homes and businesses across Kildare. However, continued, unauthorised use of fire hydrants for purposes other than firefighting, for which they are intended, may impact Uisce Éireann’s ability to meet customers’ water supply needs.
Hydrants are for use only by authorised personnel for firefighting purposes and should not be used for any purpose other than fire-fighting by the Fire Service. Misuse of fire hydrants, which includes filling tanks for power washing, cleaning or maintenance activities, has the potential to put lives in danger and prolong or extend damage to premises in the event of an incident where water is unavailable due to unauthorised use.
Uisce Éireann and Kildare County Council crews continue to work on hydrant repairs following misuse in order to prevent potential disruption to the water supply.
Kevin Love, Uisce Éireann, commented: “Fire hydrants provide an essential role in the maintenance of the water system as well as fire protection for local communities. Unauthorised use of fire hydrants can threaten the quality of water delivered to homes and business, interrupt supply and can lower pressure in the water lines required for firefighting purposes.
“We are continuing to work with stakeholders across Kildare and are appealing to the public to be vigilant and report any unauthorised activity surrounding hydrants to Uisce Éireann, An Garda Síochána, or Kildare County Council.”
Issues of unauthorised use of fire hydrants include:
- Insufficient or no water to fight fires
- The loss of water through hydrants limits the water available to supply homes and businesses
- The loss of water reduces the water pressure to supply homes and businesses
- Potential flooding of premises and damage to property
- Serious damage to the pipes and to the hydrants themselves
- Possible contamination of the public water supply
Uisce Éireann and Kildare County Council are appealing to the public not to tamper or open fire hydrants without permission and request the assistance of the public by reporting details of any such incidents immediately to Uisce Éireann, An Garda Síochána, or Kildare County Council.
The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit the Supply and Service Updates section of the Uisce Éireann website.
Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit our website.